Raf Simons has entered the Prada house and made himself very at home. I like to imagine he has his feet up on the coffee table whilst Miuccia and him discuss fabric swatches over a late-night tea and biscuit date. But hey, that’s just me.
This Fall/Winter 2021 Womenswear collection has been inspired by the idea of change and transformation, opening possibilities to a new way of life. The subject of femininity and masculinity is present through silhouette, texture and colour, as the Prada pair believe we hold each of these traits within ourselves. This collection has dynamic meaning, exploring the space that exists between polar opposites. This space being simplicity and complexity, elegance and practicality, limitation and release.
A multifaceted set saw multiple different rooms filled with bold colour and sensual textures, transporting viewers into a comfortable yet somewhat psychedelic environment. This set was the fertiliser needed to let the collection bloom into the beautiful fur coat, glove-wearing flower we never knew we wanted.
In true Raf fashion, we saw tailored suits which screamed “GIVE ME THE JOB” where the 70s style patterned long sleeves quietly said, “ I’m shy but once you get to know me I’m very loud.” And if that’s not the perfect mixture of Miuccia and Raf then I just don’t know what is? Let’s not forget to talk about the coats. Dramatic sleeves in bright yellow, blue and green giving us royalty class, sequined double-breasted military moments, oversized bombers big enough to fit the whole family and the pet labrador, and last but most certainly not least, the fur. Faux fur, of course, giving us Carrie Bradshaw strutting up Fifth Ave in the depths of winter, do I need to go on?
And just when you thought I’d finished I just have one more thing to say. Glove bags. Teeny, tiny bags attached to bright, beautiful gloves changing the accessory game for the better. Prada, if you’re reading this, I’d say I’m a medium and would prefer the orange but am not opposed to any other colour.